Short Film Competition

Adriana Castillo studied Communications at the Metropolitan University of Mexico and specialized in Film Screenwriting at the prestigious film school Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. She obtained her Master's degree in Communication and History of Culture at the University of Barcelona. She has worked in documentary programs for the U.N. High Commission of Refugees. Adriana was the sub-director of research at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, where she also organized the International Festival of film schools. She works in the production and academic area at the UNAM , National University of Mexico. In 2010, she coordinated the academic area at DOCSDF , the Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival. She currently teaches cinema at the Anáhuac University and coordinates a production forum Mexico-Korea, at the International Film Festival in Guanajuato.

Alex Garcia co-founded (with Sandro Fiorin) FiGa Films in 2006 with the intent of discovering and distributing the best of Latin American cinema. The company has since become a sales agency in 2008, acquiring new films for worldwide sales, as well as serving as associate producers in projects in development. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Mr. Garcia attended film school at Columbia College/Hollywood where he now teaches film editing, bringing his experience and knowledge of working in that capacity for 24 years. He has been invited to numerous festivals as a panelist to discuss the state of foreign film distribution and new media. He is of Cuban descent and is fluent in Spanish and mastering Portuguese.

Carmen Rodríguez left Chile following the 1973 military coup and made her home in Vancouver, Canada. She's the award-winning author of Guerra prolongada/Protracted War, a volume of poetry, and De cuerpo entero/And a Body to Remember With, a collection of short stories. Her novel Retribution will be published in October, 2011. Rodríguez teaches in the Latin American Studies Program of Simon Fraser University and is a Vancouver correspondent for the Spanish section of Radio Canada International.